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K739 - Cinnabar $ 300
Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China
miniature - 5 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm


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Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/K739a.jpg] Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/K739b.jpg] Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mines, Guizhou, China [db_pics/pics/K739c.jpg]

Cluster of large, twinned Cinnabar crystals 2.2cm wide on Dolomite and Quartz crystals. Another small 'drill bit' twin is near the base.


K964 - Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz $ 1800
Hunan, China
cabinet - 15 x 8.5 x 4 cm


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Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964a.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964b.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964c.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964d.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964e.jpg]

Old Chinese Fluorite specimen from about 20-30 years ago or more when Chinese minerals were first coming out and unfortunately no specific mine name was available. The association with Cassiterite and purple Apatite is unusual. The Fluorite forms somewhat globular crystals to 2.5cm in size and are transparent. The Cassiterite reach 1.5cm and are highly lustrous. Both species are well distributed on the matrix and are undamaged. On the lower right side there are 4 purple Apatite crystals to 8mm in size.


M254 - Pyrite $ 75
Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm


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Pyrite from Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/M254a.jpg] Pyrite from Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/M254b.jpg] Pyrite from Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/M254c.jpg] Pyrite from Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/M254d.jpg] Pyrite from Kunming, Yunnan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/M254e.jpg]

Larger cubic Pyrite crystal with bevelled edges and smaller attached crystals on the sides. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M448 - Babingtonite on Prehnite $ 240
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Sichuan Province, China
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm


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Babingtonite on Prehnite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/M448a.jpg] Babingtonite on Prehnite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/M448b.jpg] Babingtonite on Prehnite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/M448c.jpg] Babingtonite on Prehnite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/M448d.jpg]

Cluster of Babingtonite crystals on spheres of green Prehnite from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals are undamaged and sharply formed. It's crystallized all with the contact at the base. No longer being found.


M785 - Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite $ 350
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm


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Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785a.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785b.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785c.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785d.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785e.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785f.jpg] Arsenopyrite with Calcite, Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/M785g.jpg]

Fine quality single Arsenopyrite crystal with another smaller crystal sticking out the front face. Well terminated bright crystals with the backside covered by wafer-like Calcite crystals. 


M862 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with a few small green Quartz crystals attached. Complete all around.


M870 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with typical chisel-shaped termination. There are a few small green Quartz crystals and Hedenbergite attached. Complete all around.


M872 - Ilvaite $ 650
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with wide chisel-shaped terminations. Complete all around.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M890 - Ilvaite $ 150
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890e.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small green Quartz crystal attached to the side. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M894 - Ilvaite $ 75
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
thumbnail - 3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894d.jpg]

Glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. Complete all around.


M871 - Ilvaite $ 275
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.8 x 4.3 x 3.9 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871d.jpg]

Glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. Wonderful curving crystal faces give it style and uniqueness. Large impressive crystal that is wider than it is tall. Complete all around.


D238 - Cinnabar $ 240
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China
miniature - 3.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm


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Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238a.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238b.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238c.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238d.jpg]

Single 'drill bit' twinned Cinnabar crystal set in Dolomite. The Cinnabar is 1.1cm and undamaged.


M897 - Ilvaite $ 200
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897e.jpg]

Glossy black cluster of Ilvaite crystals with typical chisel-shaped termination. Aesthetic specimen, especially as compared to most which are single crystals.


D292 - Spessartine with Quartz $ 450
Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 4 cm


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Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292a.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292b.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292c.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292d.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292e.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292g.jpg]

Cluster of smokey Quartz amost entirely covered by Spessartine garnets. This was from the Jeanne Rosati collection and came with a Trinity Mineral Company label that called a psuedomorph of Spessartine after Quartz. A small amount of smokey Quartz crystal can be seen in the tips of the 3 largest 'fingers' of Spessartine. Well crystallized all around and undamaged. There is no matrix and even part of the bottom is covered by Spessartine crystals.
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